Hinch­in­brook fo­cus on wet­lands

Townsville Bulletin - - North Queensland: Looking Back, Looking Forward -

THE Tyto Wet­lands would con­tinue to be a ma­jor fo­cal point for the Hinch­in­brook Shire Coun­cil in 2007.

Mayor Pino Gian­domenico said the coun­cil would also be push­ingg overn­ment de­part­ments to re­lease prime parcels of land for de­vel­op­ment in the beach ar­eas of Lucinda and For­rest Beach.

The Tyto Wet­lands precinct and at­tached in­for­ma­tion cen­tre was ex­pected to be of­fi­cially opened in March.

The precinct will be the launch­ing­pad for the pop­u­lar walk­ing tracks amongthe 90ha nat­u­ral wet­land site.

Cr Gian­domenico said a variety of de­vel­op­ments to com­ple­ment the precinct were in the 2007 pipe­line.

Tourism would also take a front seat, he said.

‘‘We are try­ingto get tourism up in the re­gion — we are lookingat a num­ber of op­tions and we just have to keep plug­ging away,’’ he said.

But se­cur­ing­fund­ing from the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments was a real bone of con­tention, ac­cord­ing to Cr Gian­domenico.

‘‘We are try­ingto move ahead and gov­ern­ments need to as­sist lo­cal coun­cils that are lookingto move ahead,’’ he said.

‘‘Both gov­ern­ments need to look at in­creas­ingthe amount of in­vest­ment they are putting­into the smaller shires.’’

Cr Gian­domenico said cost blowouts and re­duced fund­in­gleft coun­cils like Hinch­in­brook in a real quandary.

They ei­ther slug strug­gling ratepay­ers with a rate rise, or make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to re­duce ser­vices— ser­vices lo­cal res­i­dents had come to rely on and ex­pect.

Pino Gian­domenico

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